This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.
About the Author
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET PLEASE? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience.
"The master craftsman of the modern American short story" * Daily Telegraph *
"One of America's most original, truest voices" -- Salman Rushdie
"One of the most celebrated American short-story writers of the 20th century" * New York Times *
"A remarkable collection" * New York Review of Books *
"I remember being floored by the first Raymond Carver collection I read: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" -- David Sedaris * New York Times *